Mike Rogge

New version of CalEnviroScreen to be unveiled

By Mike Rogge

Capitol Update, Aug. 26, 2016 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will hold a series of public workshops and webinars on an updated draft version of CalEnviroScreen, deemed CalEnviroScreen 3.0. CalEnviroScreen 2.0 was released in October 2014. There is no information at the present time on what is being modified or added.

CalEnviroScreen uses environmental, health, and socioeconomic information to produce scores for every census tract in the state. While regulators have tried to be as fair as possible, there is no question that the factors assigned to weigh each score are very arbitrary.

The purpose for the tool was initially sold as a means to pinpoint for grant purposes disadvantaged communities negatively impacted by environmental problems. Subsequently, however, there has been legislation and regulations attempting to use it to identify areas of the state where permitting should be more restrictive or environmental enforcement more heavy handed.

OEHHA expects to release a revised analysis and report for public comment in early September 2016. At regional workshops, OEHHA will share the proposed updates to the tool, answer questions, and take public comment. The public is also invited to participate in the webinars, held before and after the workshops, to learn about the tool and major updates.

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • September 6 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Webinar
  • September 7 6:00 – 8:00 pm Los Angeles
  • September 8 6:00 – 8:00 pm San Bernardino
  • September 13 6:00 – 8:00 pm San Diego
  • September 14 6:00 – 8:00 pm Imperial Area
  • September 20 or 21 6:00 – 8:00 pm Oakland (date TBD)
  • September 20 or 21 6:00 – 8:00 pm Sacramento (date TBD)
  • September 22 6:00 – 8:00 pm Fresno
  • September 28 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Webinar
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